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Team from U of M, Crookston Competing in NACTA Judging Conference Win Four-Year College Division Overall Champion
April 28, 2009

When: April 2009

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, assistant director of communications, 218-281-8432 ( Stephanie Onken, communications assistant, 218-281-8446 (

After an exciting and tension-filled awards ceremony, students from the University of Minnesota, Crookston (UMC) came away big winners recently at the North American Colleges and Teachers of Agriculture (NACTA) Judging Conference. Thirty-one students and attended the competition which was held April 16-18, 2009, at Ohio State University Agricultural Technical Institute in Wooster, Ohio.

NACTA is a professional society that focuses on the scholarship of teaching and learning agriculture and related disciplines. Members of NACTA are from two-year and four-year colleges, both public and private.

Teams competed in the Ag Quiz Bowl, Computer Applications, Dairy Judging, Horticulture, Ag Business Management, General Livestock, Horse Judging and Horse Care and Management against other four-year schools.

U of M, Crookston students who competed at NACTA.
U of M, Crookston students who competed at NACTA.
Students competing included: Tony Dank, St. Cloud, Minn.; Virginia Carrlson, New York Mills, Minn.; Darin Moen, East Grand Forks, Minn.; Melanie Meyer, Fort Ripley, Minn.; Brad Kappes, Borup, Minn.; Amanda Adkins, Detroit Lakes, Minn.; Kari Olson,   Lancaster, Minn.; Emily Espersen, Brainerd, Minn.; BillieJo Armbrust, Forest River, N.D.; Cathy Balsiger, Lake Park, Minn.; Tom Borgerding, Belgrade, Minn.;  Desi Carrlson, New York Mills, Minn.; Crystal Starr, Bisbee, N.D.; Isaiah Ulmer,  Fullerton, N.D,; Niki Koscielniak, Hilman, Minn.; Demi Stokes, Hewitt, Minn.; Chelsey Wells, Paris, Mich.; Melinda Baszczynski, Earlham, Iowa; Kristina Selzer, Rising Fawn, Ga.;  Kirstin Fjosee, Olympia, Wash.; Teresa Aakre Hawley, Minn.; and Brittany Kranzler, Galesburg, N.D.

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